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    The dataset on offshore active licences for Oil and Gas exploitation and exploration in the EU was created in 2014 by Cogea for the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). It is the result of the aggregation and harmonization of datasets provided by several EU and non-EU sources. It is updated every year, and is available for viewing and download on EMODnet Human Activities web portal ( It contains polygons representing the currently active licences for the following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom. Where available each polygon has the following attributes: country, code, name, type (exploitation, exploration, exploitation and exploration, other), licensing round (it includes also pending applications in Spain), area (square km), area info (it indicates if the area value is original from the source or has been calculated), valid from, valid to, operator or administrator, notes. Compared with the previous release, Maltese open areas and blocks for hydrocarbon licensing have been updated. Currently there are no active licenced areas in the French and Portuguese waters and no data available in the Black Sea.